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RED TULLE & BOWS

The holidays are the perfect time to wear a red tulle skirt! I found this petite friendly one from ASOS and loved the fullness of it. I did wish it had more of an underlayer and non-elastic waist (be weary of see-through-ness), but I was pleased with the fullness and the price. I went completely red by adding these new red bow pumps. I love the black bow pumps I wear all the time from ASOS and been wanting a pair of red ones and found these ones with gorgeous, big ankle bows. These bow heels were very inexpensive from SheIn and my only complaint about them is they have white velcro on the straps (which is handy for small ankles), but the velcro is kind of big so it shows a little which you can see if you look closely at my feet (don’t look too closely – I hate my veins!). But again for the price (under $32), I can’t complain and it’s the type of shoe you probably won’t wear all the time. I might try trimming the velcro…

The presents you see here were used for a DIY tutorial with my Morning Lavender team. You can see our step-by-step guide on how to do this pretty DIY gold gift wrapping and also how to wrap a tulle bow!

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DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang
Red Tulle SkirtASOS
Coat – Chicwish
Blouse – Old H&M find similar HERE and HERE
Crystal Statement EarringsMorning Lavender
Sunglasses – Nordstrom
Red Bow PumpsSheIn – also comes in black and pink!

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MY INSTAGRAM & LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEAS

Ahhh I can’t believe Christmas is only 4 days away! Luckily most retailers are still offering shipping just in time for Christmas and I’m not going to lie I do most of my gift shopping on Amazon and places where I know they will deliver on time! I’ve been busy myself with holiday shopping, gift wrapping and working to fulfill orders for Morning Lavender too! Being on both sides, I know how important it is to deliver packages on time!

I have compiled some recent looks from my Instagram for your shopping pleasure and in case you need some outfit inspiration:

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POLKA DOT TULLE SKIRT

As you can probably tell by now, I love wearing tulle skirts (see previous black maxi tulle skirt and pink midi tulle skirt posts) and the holidays are no exception! I love this adorable Polka Dot Tulle Skirt from Morning Lavender because it’s so versatile and easy to wear with it’s light cream color. I love the pretty tulle layer but I also feel that the skirt is easier to wear because it is not too full. I wear the skirt a lot with different options – a cropped black top for an evening look or with a cute fitted sweater tucked in for a cozier feel. I combined it with this fitted J.Crew plaid shirt for a truly festive look and my new gold bow heels that my wonderful Morning Lavender team surprised me with (they know me so well)! It’s really a blessing to do what you love and be surrounded by people you love! I hope you like this sweet holiday look as much as I do!

P.S. Our lights stopped working right before we did this shoot! Photoshoot fail but we kept on working! Creating content is fun and a lot of work in case you are wondering ;). Now back to buying gifts!!!

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I love button down shirts from J.Crew because their tops in petite sizing fit me really well. I’m wearing a 00P here in this shirt. This top is currently 30% off with code GIFTNOW! I also love this polka dot button down (also 30% off) and I wear my J.Crew chambray shirt all the time.

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The girls searched on eBay to find these gorgeous golden bow shoes for me. I couldn’t find it anywhere on Zara’s site but here are similar gold bows shoes from Kate Spade that I love!

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DETAILS
Photography – Christine Ta
Plaid Button Down ShirtJ.Crew – currently 30% OFF with code GIFTNOW!
Polka Dot Tulle SkirtMorning Lavender
Shoes – Zara find similar HERE
Crystal Statement NecklaceMorning Lavender

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SHIMMERY GOLD ROMPER

I can’t believe Christmas is already next week! And that means NYE is just around the corner! If you are looking for a fun holiday look, I love this romper from Morning Lavender with it’s pretty shimmery, gold color and fun, flowy shape! As you know I love wearing rompers (as yes the comforts of a romper outweighs the bathroom inconveniences in my opinion), so when I find a romper that works well for evening looks, I have to have it! I might even add black tights, booties and change to a leather jacket like this favorite leather jacket from Nordstrom to edge up the look even more. The husband and I don’t really have any crazy party plans this year but who knows?! All I know is that it has been an amazing, crazy, busy year so far and I am not quite ready to say goodbye yet!

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DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang
Gold RomperMorning Lavender
Faux Fur Jacket – Topshop – SOLD OUT (Got it on SALE from Black Friday!). I like this Sleeveless Faux Fur Vest from ASOS.
Shoes – Steve Madden
Bow ClutchMorning Lavender SOLD OUT find similar black bow clutch
Pearl NecklaceMorning Lavender

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GIFT GUIDE FOR HIM

I know my ladies feel me when I say it’s really hard to shop for guys. If you are like my hubs, you have every gadget you could possibly afford and then you have tools you are swear are functional and necessary to making our lives better. I mean why do we need the Nest when I can get new shoes?!! Ok I’m kidding – that thing has saved me from getting out of bed to adjust the temperature at night. So when it comes to shopping for guys, I think us ladies need some extra moral support so I’ve put together some creative and masculine ideas (in a variety of price ranges) that any guy in your life (hubs, dad, brother, coworker, etc…) would be happy to have in my opinion and based on being around my hubs.

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FEMININE HOLIDAY LOOK

I can’t believe it’s December and I don’t know about you but I’m swamped with holiday decorating, gifts, making plans with family and friends and of course the usual work and life balance. So I apologize for the lack of new outfit ideas lately but there is just so much going on! I love dressing up for the holidays and this feminine look I put together consists of some great options from White House Black Market. I never shopped there that much before (remember when it use to just be white & black items?!) but every since I got these cute culottes, I have become a big fan of their petite sizes and staple pieces. They are having a winter sale right now so be sure to take advantage of their 30% discount on regular priced items! I love this pink midi skirt which would be a great year-round skirt to have.

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GIFT GUIDE FOR HOME

I’m obsessed with buying pretty decor pieces for our home and office so naturally when I think of gifts for others, I love thinking of items that they can use but that are lovely at the same time! I gathered some of my favorite home decor pieces that make me feel great whenever I see them, but also keep me organized and my home pretty.

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(1) Planner – Kate Spade New York (2) Marble Tray – TJ Maxx find similar HERE (3) Jewelry Box – Anthropologie (4) Statement Necklace – Morning Lavender (5) Candles – Bijou Candles (6) Gold Mug – Anthropologie

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I especially love the candles from Bijou! They came in the most beautiful packaging and add such a feminine touch to my decor – plus they smell amazing. We even added them to our new Morning Lavender showroom. Get a 15% OFF discount code off their beautiful candles by using the link HERE and my discount code: LaceLocksBijou

See more of my favorite gifts for the home below, and these are all under $100!

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CYBER MONDAY SALES!

The sales continue with Cyber Monday Sales! I shop 99% off the time online (busy schedule and I hate crowds) so I love finding good deals like these below. Plus now that Thanksgiving is over, I can focus on Christmas and get started on my holiday shopping for gifts!

These are sales that have already started – I will be adding to the list as more come out so check back!

J.Crew – 30% OFF everything with code HOLIDAY! Plus select items like this pink and blue plaid scarf and cute cable hat for 40% off – both great gifts for the holidays!

Kate Spade – 30% OFF everything with code SHINE! Another great place to get holiday gifts! I have this iPhone wristlet and I use it all the time as a wallet, phone and key chain holder! And I just bought this gold planner because I love writing stuff down still. These cozy, feminine slippers and polka dot candle are perfect gifts! And if I can afford to, I would totally buy this perfect pink bow coat!!! I’m obsessed (Christmas hint to the hubs)!

H&M – 30% OFF your purchase of $50 or more (plus free shipping) and 40% off already on sale items! I just bought this faux fur jacket for only $30 and this denim shirtdress for $15! Also love this plaid cape and I love these pointy leather ankle boots for only $25 – wish they had my size!

Neiman Marcus – Get a $500 GIFT CARD with your purchase of $2,000 or more on regular priced items with code GC4YOU. This is awesome is your were planning to splurge on a new designer handbag or shoes – why not get a $500 gift card?! I say it’s like saving 25% off (my husband disagrees). You might as well just send the link to your significant other and say you have been a very good girl this year! Here are some of my favorite designer goodies! Sadly the Chloe bags and Louboutins are excluded from this promotion.

Up to 25% OFF with code GOBIG15. Love these red Hunter boots, Kate Spade gold clutch and flattering RayBan mirrored aviators with this sale! So many good things for the Christmas wishlist!

Urban Outfitters
$15 off orders over $75
$50 off orders over $150
I love this plaid skirt I previously posted about!

Banana Republic Sale – 40% OFF everything (no exclusions) with code BESTCYBER! These are my favorite cropped pants from BR!

Chicwish‘s Cyber Monday Sale includes:
10% off purchase of $80 or more using code: CM10
15% off purchase of $150 or more using code: CM15
20% off purchase of $250 or more using code: CM20
You may remember this grey tulle skirt I wore or this tan tulle skirt or my favorite stripe midi skirt. All pieces are still available and on sale!

Ann Taylor – 50% OFF EVERYTHING with code EVERYTHING! I’m loving this gold sequin pencil skirt, sequin sweater, boucle coat, faux fur collar coat, and my favorite new embellished sweater.

My boutique MORNING LAVENDER is having a Cyber Monday Sale that includes:
15% off purchase of $100 or more using code: CYBER15
20% off purchase of $150 or more using code: CYBER20
25% off purchase of $200 or more using code: CYBER25

Remember that shimmery gold maxi skirt I recently wore? Well now you get can it for up to 25% when you purchase $200 or more! Here are some of my favorite styles, which are all perfect holiday looks!

I will be adding to this list with more deals soon!!!!

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RENT THE RUNWAY

I partnered with Rent the Runway for this post to show that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to look and feel glam! If you can’t tell by now, I just love dressing up for the holidays (or really any occasion) and I don’t feel the need to spend a ton of money just to look fab. You can feel glam in a designer dress like the one I’m wearing here from Monique Lhuillier for a fraction of the price thanks to Rent the Runway’s amazing selection of designer dresses and sizes (I was able to find something for petite lil’ ol’ me). I especially love this dress because it’s not your standard classic black dress – it has a great fit and flare shape with a gorgeous train, lace trim details and a sexy v-neck back. It has that wow factor but is classy in black at the same time. It would be an amazing dress to wear to a gala or black tie event! And the best part is you can use my special code to rent any dress you want from Rent the Runway for 20% off. Just use the code INSTARTR4.

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DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang
Dress – Monique Lhuillier c/o Rent the Runway – 20% off using code code INSTARTR4
Clutch – Old Target find similar HERE.
Statement EarringsMorning Lavender
Sunglasses – Nordstrom
Shoes – Old ASOS find similar HERE

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Here are some of my other favorite gowns for rent on Rent the Runway!

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HOLIDAY GREEN

I usually don’t wear green but I fell in love with the shape of this dress from ASOS and I thought the color was very fitting for the holidays! I especially love the shape of this beautiful dress and the dress has a fishtail mini train going on that really elongates your body, although it doesn’t make it as easy to walk. I added a gold bow belt and wore it higher on the waist to make myself look just a little taller ;). I loved finishing up the look with my favorite faux fur jacket and these new holiday bracelets from 31 Bits. If you never heard of 31 Bits before, they are a jewelry company that uses fashion and design to empower people to rise above poverty. Their beads are made from recycled paper and 99% of their materials are sourced in Eastern Africa, supporting local markets. 31 Bits are headquartered in Southern California and I love supporting small businesses with such a positive message. Plus the company is owned by women and I love supporting other #girlbosses!

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DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang
Dress – ASOS – also comes in Oxblood!
Faux Fur JacketMorning Lavender
Clutch – Kate Spade New York – I love that it is also a crossbody!
Bracelets – 31 Bits
Gold Bow BeltGold Bow Belt
Shoes – Christian Louboutin

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Also love these other holiday dresses from ASOS!

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